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Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Bfields30 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:23 am

Got some good looking girls the other night very happy about my purchase out of W4 Hereford bulls and brangus cows. Have them penned and work them this weekend.
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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Bfields30 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:24 am

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Got some good looking girls the other night very happy about my purchase out of W4 Hereford bulls and brangus cows. Have them penned and work them this weekend. 16 months old
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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Brute 23 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:26 am

Nice. Keep them in that pen for a good while. I assume your going to knock those horns off?
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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Bfields30 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:54 am

Brute 23 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:26 am
Nice. Keep them in that pen for a good while. I assume your going to knock those horns off?
Yeah I was going to take them to the vet And let them do it. How long you think is long enough for them to be in there?

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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Brute 23 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:21 pm

Bfields30 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:54 am
Brute 23 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:26 am
Nice. Keep them in that pen for a good while. I assume your going to knock those horns off?
Yeah I was going to take them to the vet And let them do it. How long you think is long enough for them to be in there?
That depends on the animal. Are they flighty or real laid back now?

It also depends on how mellow you want them to be. I personally dont want them running around and stirring my pen up. I dont mind if they are a little stand-off-ish as long as they walk there and dont start running around in the pen. They need to walk or have a slight trot when they are pushed... not raise that tail and head and run.

Also look for things like them not letting you walk behind them. If they are constantly turning and spinning so you are in front of their face, what I call squaring up to you, leave them in the pen.
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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Beefeater » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:43 pm

Just curious why you’d take them to the vet to get horns cut?

You can get a nice old set of dehorners pretty cheap. Think I paid about $60 off EBay for an antique beefy 3’ pair. Not as handy and maneuverable as a small battery powered, but nice to have around.

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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Bfields30 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:53 pm

Brute 23 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:21 pm
Bfields30 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:54 am
Brute 23 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:26 am
Nice. Keep them in that pen for a good while. I assume your going to knock those horns off?
Yeah I was going to take them to the vet And let them do it. How long you think is long enough for them to be in there?
That depends on the animal. Are they flighty or real laid back now?

It also depends on how mellow you want them to be. I personally dont want them running around and stirring my pen up. I dont mind if they are a little stand-off-ish as long as they walk there and dont start running around in the pen. They need to walk or have a slight trot when they are pushed... not raise that tail and head and run.

Also look for things like them not letting you walk behind them. If they are constantly turning and spinning so you are in front of their face, what I call squaring up to you, leave them in the pen.
Yeah there not crazy or trying to get me but they are still flighty and I want to make sure there used to me I’m going to feed them and sit in there with them everyday while they eat so they can get used to me.

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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Bfields30 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:54 pm

Beefeater wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:43 pm
Just curious why you’d take them to the vet to get horns cut?

You can get a nice old set of dehorners pretty cheap. Think I paid about $60 off EBay for an antique beefy 3’ pair. Not as handy and maneuverable as a small battery powered, but nice to have around.
I haven’t took them yet but 5 dollars a head to take to my vet feel more comfortable them doing it.

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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Brute 23 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:14 pm

I do the same thing with heifers. Its dirt cheap to run them in. I'll vac, tag, brand, dehorn if needed, all in one shot. He has way better facilities than we do and I cant get help to come to me for that cheap. Our vet is kind of new and he really caters to livestock people, which is becoming rare, so I try to throw him as much as possible. Plus, their first experience of all that stuff is in some pens they will probably never go back too. :)
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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Bfields30 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:37 pm

Brute 23 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:14 pm
I do the same thing with heifers. Its dirt cheap to run them in. I'll vac, tag, brand, dehorn if needed, all in one shot. He has way better facilities than we do and I cant get help to come to me for that cheap. Our vet is kind of new and he really caters to livestock people, which is becoming rare, so I try to throw him as much as possible. Plus, their first experience of all that stuff is in some pens they will probably never go back too. :)
Day 4 there waiting for me at the gate of the pens and followed me to the feed bunk today getting better and better.

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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by gcreekrch » Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:41 pm

Bfields30 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:54 am
Brute 23 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:26 am
Nice. Keep them in that pen for a good while. I assume your going to knock those horns off?
Yeah I was going to take them to the vet And let them do it. How long you think is long enough for them to be in there?
More people need to take the responsibility to burn the horns off as baby calves than put them through the trauma of dehorning later.
Vaccinations, cheaper than whiskey. ;-)

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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by gcreekrch » Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:50 pm

BTW, I know little about floppy eared cattle but those look like nice, well grown out heifers to me.
Vaccinations, cheaper than whiskey. ;-)

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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Nesikep » Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:11 pm

gcreekrch wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:50 pm
BTW, I know little about floppy eared cattle but those look like nice, well grown out heifers to me.
Yeah, not what would work around here for us, but they look nice and big!
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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by Bfields30 » Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:14 pm

gcreekrch wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:50 pm
BTW, I know little about floppy eared cattle but those look like nice, well grown out heifers to me.
Yeah I think I got a steal on these there ready for the bull imma keep them penned 2-3 weeks tryna get them puppy dog gentle almost week and it’s paying off. There gonna be some
Nice big mommas one day. There figuring out I have the food and when I get home
Wanting it lol pretty funny to me I just feed them a lil sweet feed every day and sit with them until there done eating.
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Re: Nice Replacement Heifers

Post by gcreekrch » Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:21 pm

We have successfully used elastrator bands on horns that size. They have to be restrained, clip the hair back a bit at the base and roll the band on until into the hair line. A few weeks and they are gone, no blood.
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